This afternoon, a fifth grade student at Mesa View Elementary School was arrested and released on a summons to his parents for making statements about bringing a gun to school and shooting people. The students to whom the comments were directed were understandably frightened and immediately did the right thing; they told a teacher. The child was not in possession of a weapon at school, and he was charged with misdemeanor menacing.
Emotions are understandably high right now. Please have a conversation with your kids about the events of the past week, and provide age appropriate context to reassure them. We are unwavering in our commitment to investigate all safety concerns that are reported to us, and we will take appropriate measures to maintain a peaceful, productive environment for students and school staff. We urge you to refrain from perpetuating social media rumors, and instead to report any potential threats directly to local law enforcement or via Safe2Tell.